On Aug 15, 1947, when India became free, Sri Aurobindo talked about his dreams for the new India. Among other things, he said:
The third dream was a world-union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind. That unification of the human world is under way; there is an imperfect initiation organised by struggling against tremendous difficulties. But the momentum is there and it must inevitably increase and conquer.
Here too India has begun to play a prominent part and, if she can develop that larger statesmanship which is not limited by the present facts and immediate possibilities but looks into the future and brings it nearer, her presence may make all the difference between a slow and timid and a bold and swift development. A catastrophe may intervene and interrupt or destroy what is being done, but even then the final result is sure.
For unification is a necessity of Nature, an inevitable movement. Its necessity for the nations is also clear, for without it the freedom of the small nations may be at any moment in peril and the life even of the large and powerful nations insecure. The unification is therefore to the interests of all, and only human imbecility and stupid selfishness can prevent it; but these cannot stand for ever against the necessity of Nature and the Divine Will.
But an outward basis is not enough; there must grow up an international spirit and outlook, international forms and institutions must appear, perhaps such developments, as dual or multilateral citizenship, willed interchange or voluntary fusion of cultures. Nationalism will have fulfilled itself and lost it militancy and would no longer find these things incompatible with self-preservation and the integrality of its outlook.
YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
Inspired by Sri. Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry, YAI was founded by Swami Vidyanand, the well-known Yoga Master, assisted by Sri K.M.Chandrashekaran, who has had a lifelong interest in Yoga and allied matters.
Yoga Alliance International (YAI) is a network of dedicated, like-minded people and institutions devoted to the cause of authentic Yoga.
YAI has a number of Divisions around the world, each headed by a dedicated Director, who serve as our representatives in their respective countries. They come from all corners of the world and share a passionate commitment to the cause of authentic Yoga traditions.
YAI’s Ambassadors serve as our flag-bearers and take YAI’s message around the world.
- Create a world-wide network of Yogic minded people and institutions, regardless of affiliation or tradition
- Provide a platform for the encouragement of new Masters of Yoga
- Encourage research and innovation in applying Yoga techniques to the complex problems faced by modern man
- Establish an Yoga Institution that is open to all traditions.
What we need more than ever before is a network of dedicated, like-minded people devoted to the cause of personal and societal transformation. Without personal transformation, it is idle to talk of changing the world. The network adds energy to our efforts at personal transformation, and we could, if we tried hard enough, soon transform the world beyond recognition.
The YAI community has members from around the world: from Africa, from Asia, from Europe,from America?
There are many ways for you to network:
- Become a Certified Yoga teacher, or get your Institution recognized. This simple process gives your work recognition and opens you out to the professional world.
- Visit our web-sites, and get in touch with other like-minded people.
- Take part in our events, and strengthen your network by interacting directly with people.
Sri Swami Vidyanand is a renowned yoga master and the founder of Transformational Yoga , a new yogic system that synthesizes techniques of hatha, white tantra, raja, mantra, astanga and kundalini yoga to bring about rapid transformations in practitioners. His signature system is inspired by the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and was developed when he taught yoga for more than a decade at the Sri Aurobindo Society, Adchini, Delhi, where he continues to teach. After establishing YOGA ALLIANCE ASIA-PACIFIC, he has established the YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL and YOGA ALLIANCE INDIA to foster a community of dedicated Yoga practitioners. Swami Vidyanand is also a LIFE MEMBER – SRI AUROBINDO EDUCATION SOCIETY,Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, Delhi.
Swami Vidyanand mastered yoga in the traditional Indian yogic way, through apprenticeships under enlightened yoga masters in India and anonymous ascetics in the Himalayas. Hailing from a long line of renowned Bhakti yogis, he was born into the deeply spiritual environment of Datiya, an area in Madhya Pradesh, India, recognized as being one of the 17 sacred centres of tantra in India . His first guru was his father, Sri Harihar Goswami, a highly respected devotional yogi and founder of the Yoga Mandir of Datiya. Later on, he studied Kundalini Yoga with Paramhansa Swami Satyanand, the famous founder of the Bihar School of Yoga. He has also enjoyed Satsang with Swami Rama, the late founder of the Himalayan Institute. In the Himalayas, Swami Vidyanand learnt esoteric meditation techniques from Tibetan masters.
Swami Vidyanand’s techniques are well recognized in India, evident from the respect he has received from cultural bodies such as the prestigious Bharat Nirman, an organization that recognizes individual efforts to promote ancient Indian wisdom, systems and practices. Among the awards and titles he has received are the Bhaskar Award, the highest award conferred by Bharat Nirman. He is also the Honorary President of the World Yoga Council of the International Yoga Federation, the world governing body of yoga that provides standards and recognition for yoga professionals internationally. In Hong Kong, Swami Vidyanand taught Transformational Yoga courses at the Centre on Behavioral Health of the University of Hong Kong.
He operates today as an urban master, using the yogic system he has developed to help individuals in big cities rid and heal themselves of stress.
As Organizing Director for YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL, Sri K M Chandrashekaran, along with his background in Engineering & Management, brings to his work his life-long interest in Yoga and allied matters.
He has recently published a book on Yoga entitled “YOGATMA – the spirit of Yoga” (available on Flipkart & Amazon) and holds occasional discussions on Yoga.
- 4-level Kundalini Yoga Certification
- now available from KUNDALINI ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
- Kundalini awakened at the Annamaya Kosha (or the food sheath) level
- Kundalini awakened at the Pranamaya Kosha (or the energy sheath) level
- Kundalini awakened at the Manomaya Kosha (or the mind sheath) level
- Kundalini awakened at the Vijnanamaya Kosha (or the intellect sheath) level
Many Yoga teachers have awakened the kundalini energy at the basic level of the body, but most teachers do not progress beyond that level. Our Kundalini Yoga Certification process (available only for individual teachers, and not for schools) will identify the level at which they operate, and also specify the teachings at that level which they can safely offer to their students.
Certified Kundalini Alliance International teachers will be given a page to themselves on our website, and will be eligible to teach Kundalini Yoga at the specified certification level on the panchkosha framework to their students.
Certificates to students will only be awarded by Kundalini Alliance International after the students complete their Certification process with us.
To find out more about the Certification process, please send in your email to : firstname.lastname@example.org along with with details of your background in Yoga, and the level of Certification that you wish to obtain within the panchkosha framework. There is no application fee.
We welcome Mrs. Tran Thi Diem Huong as Chairperson for YAI South East Asia. We look forward to receiving her valuable guidance on spreading authentic Indian Yoga traditions in the region.
Mrs. Tran Thi Diem Huong is an eminent member of the executive committee of the Vietnamese Yoga Federation and a successful YAI registered Yoga Teacher, having studied the science of Yoga under direct guidance of Swami Vidyanand. Since 2017, Huong Anh Fitness and Yoga Centres offer very successful Yoga Alliance International certified 200 Level Teacher Trainings and are willing to expand throughout Vietnam.
Mrs. Tran Thi Diem Huong was elected Miss Jewel in Vietnam in 2009. She is now married and a proud mother of three. Her loving and joyful nature combined to her interest in beauty and well being, naturally lead her to turn to Yoga. She is the Director of HUONG ANH FITNESS and YOGA centres in Hanoi making yoga, general health and well being accessible to one and all in Vietnam.
Bala, the Founder and the Chairman of Hatha Vidya Gurukulam, is YAI’s Director for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council – YAI in the GCC.
His journey on the Path of Yoga began in some very renowned Yoga Institutes in India, where he attained the basic training in Yoga.
He took to extensive traveling, through the expanse of Northern India, exploring his way to seek the truth. Fortunately, he came across some of the eminent masters who imparted him the wisdom, to experience the true essence of Yogic journey. Having bathed in this light of wisdom, his thirst was catalyzed for more.
In 2006, he met his Guru, H.H.Srividyamba Saraswathi from Tamil Nadu and received initiation into the Naath tradition.
Under the tutelage of his Guru, in 2008, he established Hatha Vidya Gurukulum in Kerala, India, in order to impart training of Yoga to aspirants from all Walks of life.
In 2009, under his chairmanship, “Thapobhoomi” – a residential Yoga centre was established on the banks of the Gayathri river, in Kerala.
In 2010, its Publication division published,”Hathavidya”, a quarterly magazine in Malayalam. This was exclusively published under his editorship for useful insights on Yoga and Tantra. In order to augment the science of Yoga and related training, among school children, he has authored books on Yoga training for kids, adopting scientific methodology.
In December2012, Bala established the first International wing of Hatha Vidya Gurukulam, in Dubai, UAE called as “Hatha Vidya Traditional School of Yoga”, located in the heart of Dubai,UAE.
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Director of Shakti Yoga Therapy Centre in Gauteng and Yoga Alliance International South Africa / Africa is the Director for YAI in AFRICA.
We welcome BODY AND MIND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, run by Dr. Mohamad Hessam Alzakerin (at No.6 Farshad Alley, Kharazmi st., Molasadra st., Vanak square,Tehran, Iran) as the exclusive representative of YAI in IRAN.
We are very happy to state that Sergey Repin, YAI Director for Russia, will now also be YAI representative for the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Contact details: Sergey Repin <email@example.com>
Arjun Goswami, Director, is assisted by Renu Sharma, Co-Director for YAI in India.
Linda is a Living Foods Specialist, Yoga, and Aqua Yoga Teacher. Since 2010, she has been leading Hatha Transformational Yoga and meditation classes. She has her 500-hour Yoga Teachers Training Certification (YAI accredited) and acts as the Director of Singapore YAI (Yoga Alliance International established in India).
Linda has led 200-hour and 300 hour Yoga Teachers Training Certification (YAI accredited) from Singapore.
In 2009, she founded HealthCoachLinda and pioneered Aqua Yoga classes under 1Aquayogaschool in Singapore in 2017.
She is a YAI Certified 500 Hr Yoga Master Teacher (India), Certified Kundalini Meditation Teacher (India), Certified Aqua Yoga Teacher (USA), Certified Living Foods Teacher (USA), Advanced TCM Herbology and Cosmetic Acupuncture.
YAI is very happy to announce that we have tied-up with World Yoga Federation (WYF), based in New Zealand. WYF has been set up primarily to offer Certification to Yoga schools in the USA, and other areas.
We are also very pleased to state that existing (as on April 31st, 2020) YAI-certified schools will be automatically eligible for free certification by WYF as well. Existing YAI-certified teachers are also eligible for WYF certification on the payment of a nominal processing fee.
Schools which are not YAI-certified schools can join WYF or YAI independently, or choose to obtain dual certification from both YAI & WYF.
For further details, Directors / owners of all YAI-certified schools, and interested teachers may contact :
We invite all YAI-certified teachers and YAI-certified schools to join the World Yoga Federation (WYF).
You can find out more about YAI in India on this link, which includes a state-wise directory of YAI-certified schools and teachers across the country.
A new platform – YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL NEWS – is now available for all YAI members to promote their activities.Through this website, every YAI certified school and teacher is given the opportunity to set up a complete online profile available in over 100 languages.
This unique website is designed to help people find authentic Yoga and Meditation teachers and schools around the world. Every personal professional profile may host photos and videos showcasing and announcing courses and events, integrate social media features and display reviews and ratings.
Another similar platform designed especially for Europe is also available here – YOGA ALLIANCE EUROPE NEWS
YAI certified teachers and schools which are not present on YAI News website may send their details along with their profile picture or logo and a scan of their YAI certificate to the following email address:
To join YAI, choose the Application form that is appropriate for you. Download the form, fill it up, scan it and e-mail it to us.
YAI standards are intended to help in the regulation of the Yoga practices and support the integrity of a Certified Yoga Teacher or a Certified Yoga School.
YAl certifies yoga teachers from all traditions and styles and yoga schools whose teacher training programs meet the standards set out by us.
YAI Certificates provide worldwide recognition of the knowledge, training and experience of the teacher. Employers feel confident in hiring a YAI-certified yoga professional knowing that the training meets our standards.
A YAI certified teacher or certified school, may use the acronym YAI-CYT (Yoga Alliance International Certified Yoga Teacher) or YAI-CYS (Yoga Alliance International Certified Yoga School) after their name and can use our logo.
Currently available YAI Certification standards are set out in the pages listed below. Click on the links to check them out.
YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
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